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Newtonian Physics for babies is a great junor STEM book. It’s a fun way to bring up the discussion of gravity for your kindergarten kids all the way up to grade 1. You can also pair it with a bunch of cool gravity activities that I’ll pop down a bit later in the blog for you to explore.

Key vocabulary to use in play!

???? Gravity

???? Accelerate

???? Force

???? Motion

???? Net Force

???? Mass

What you’ll need to explore Newtonian Physics!

In this Blog we:

  • Read a book on Newtonian Physics
  • Made a gravity ball drop – on a wall
  • Explorerd gravity in action
  • Explorerd the meaning of motion
  • Used an observation checklist to collect and compare data.

It all starts with an apple

We all know the story. One day a scientist named Mr Isaac Newton was sitting under an apple tree and one of those pesky apples dropped and landed on his head.  Somehow this guided his thinking to create the Newtonian laws of motion and gravitation and generated amazing developments in scientific perspectives.

So what is motion and gravity and why is it important in science? Um, these are very big questions.  Let’s just say for the sake of inspiring a love of science in younger children, motion is about changing position … running, jumping, swinging, growing through life.  And gravity is what makes object come together. So we can think of it like we love motion because be love to move and we love gravity because it gives us a home.

Explore gravity with this cool ball drop activity

Gravity Ball Drop

I so love this wall play project by @kubraa.kocakk. Not only are they discovering loads about gravity and motion but also maths concepts like distance and size.

If you’re going to do this one in a classroom, then why not make it into a friendly competition to build your race track. All you need is styrofoam cups, scissors, ping pong balls and some sort of tape or blue tac.

You will need to be observant about cutting the holes. A mini-lesson on it would work well for preps and grade 1. For younger kids I’d recommend pre-cutting the holes out for them.

Tag a #teacher friend who could use this activity in their classroom or a mum who needs some easy school holidays activities.

Explore gravity and motion in your home

There is an easy way to start discussions about gravity and motion. Pick something up and drop it. Ask your kids to describe what they see? Why do they think the items fall to the ground and not sideways onto the table? When the items fall are they in motion? Do all items act the same? Try experimenting with something really small against something much bigger and talk about what you see.

What is motion

Every time I see this one it makes me smile ????. It’s STEM play with such impressive style by @taiseagostini . First of all I’ve got to acknowledge that awesome teamwork going on! Boo Yeah ????! While these guys are happy playing it is the perfect opportunity ask them what they think is moving that wheel? While talking about what’s going, be sure to use fun vocabulary like motion, action and movement.

The science – the kids are creating a ’force’ with their hands and feet. They are pushing and pulling with their bodies and that ’force’ is what turns the wheel.

Vocabulary:
???? Force
???? Motion
???? Movement
???? Momentum

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